If you’re on the search for a Lexus UX Hybrid or other Lexus hybrid model, you’ll want to come on down to Lexus of Valencia. We make the transition to low-impact, alternative energy driving easy, and we’re sharing all you need to know about extending the range of your favorite hybrid vehicle.

Better Understanding = Better Mileage

Knowing how hybrid vehicles work is an excellent first step to increasing how far you can go on a tank of gas. In brief, hybrids rely on an internal combustion engine that runs on gasoline, which — along with the car’s regenerative brakes — helps to keep the battery pack charged. Plug-in hybrids take this a step further since you can plug them in and take advantage of a bigger battery pack for extended electric driving.

Use Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking captures the energy produced during the braking sequence that would otherwise be lost to heat. That energy is then sent back to the battery system for later use. While we don’t suggest riding the brakes, their use — especially in stop-and-go traffic — has an unexpected fringe benefit.

Reduce Accessory Use

The air conditioning and other accessories in your vehicle can reduce the battery pack’s charge while driving with the windows down at high speeds causes drag. If you’re in traffic, lower the windows. On the freeway, put the windows up and turn up the AC.

Maintain Your Battery

In plug-in hybrid vehicles, it’s essential to use the appropriate charging level to keep from burning your battery out prematurely. Whether you have a plug-in or traditional hybrid model, you’ll want to schedule regular Lexus service and inspections to ensure your battery operates at full capacity.

You can learn more about protecting your hybrid vehicle’s battery and improving your range on every ride at Lexus of Valencia. Take a test drive in a hybrid car at our dealership to get started today.